Meet the Brown Recluse

Most people have heard of the brown recluse, but could you identify one if you found it in your home, or would you know what to do if one bit you? In this post, we take the time to familiarize you with this dangerous pest, so you can understand how to avoid them and how to respond if you happen across one.

Summer Months...Where are these Earwigs coming fro ...

Earwigs have a particularly aggressive appearance. Their pincers make for a fairly menacing first impression. Even though they don’t directly pose a threat to humans, you definitely don’t want them roaming free or having an out of control population around your home.  And here are some important things you should know about earwigs and earwig control!

4 Things You Need to Know About Earwigs

Despite the myth that earwigs crawl into the ears of people while they sleep, these insects are not completely harmless. They have pincers on their abdomen which gives them a frightening look, but the most common problem that people have with earwigs are infestations.  Here are some important things you should know about earwigs to keep them in their own habitat instead of having them take up residence in your house. 

Best Ant Prevention Techniques For Spring

Think it’s too cold for ants? Think again. If you want to make sure your home is pest-free, the time to start acting is right now. This is why we have prepared a handy guide for ant prevention. As a chilly spring season approaches, it’s time to revisit the best ant prevention techniques.

Tips on Dealing With Spiders

There is a saying that you are always within three feet of a spider. But since these creatures are good at finding shelter, you might not notice them that much. And while you’re minding your own business, they sometimes manage to grow in numbers. In order to prevent that from happening, simply follow these tips for dealing with spiders!

Guide to Spiders in Illinois

The colder weather attracts various pests.  Spiders are among them and some species can be dangerous, so it’s important to distinguish them. Illinois is not a state with dangerous wildlife, but Illinois’ population of spiders might surprise many visitors and residents. More than 500 species of spiders live in Illinois. Spiders are usually not dangerous towards humans, but, there are some that are poisonous. It’s important to know some basic identification guidelines to detect the differences. Here are some of the most commonly encountered spiders in Illinois.

How to Get Rid of Stink Bugs

The stink bug belongs to the family of shield bugs. They were accidentally introduced into the United States in 1998. They originate from China, Japan, and Taiwan. They can be found near human settlements, in gardens, orchards, and on the agricultural fields. They’re considered pests because they invade homes for warmth. Usually, they enter homes in late summer and fall, so every homeowner needs to know hot to get rid of stink bugs. Stink Bug Appearance Stink bugs are large, oval, or shield-shaped insects. Adult stink bugs can reach almost 2 cm in length. Usually, their bodies are as wide READ MORE »

6 Beetles Native to Illinois

There are more than a half million species of beetles in the world. This makes them one of the largest group of insects. There are more than 25,000 beetle species in North America alone. Some of them can be destructive, so it’s important to know how to identify them. In the late summer and fall, beetles are trying to invade homes in order to find a suitable place for overwintering. Here’s a list of the most common beetles native to Illinois. 1. Green June Beetle These beetles are large enough to be mistaken for a carpenter bee. They’re easily recognized READ MORE »

Tips for Crawling Insect Control

Crawling insects are usually easily recognized because they have a body that consists of three main parts: a thorax with multiple legs, an abdomen, and a head with eyes and a pair of antennae. Some insects have wings, which makes them even less attractive. When we’re talking about crawling insects we’re thinking about ants, fleas, bed bugs, cockroaches, lice, silverfish, spiders, centipedes, ticks, and many other insects. All of these insects are searching for ways to get into your home, so it’s important to know how to prevent them and get rid of them. Insects as Pests Most crawling insects READ MORE »

Identifying Ladybugs

There are about 5,000 species of ladybugs worldwide. Ladybugs, also known as lady beetles, are beneficial insects. Gardeners want to see them since they are predators to nasty pests that are harmful to plants, such as spider mites and aphids. While they are usually considered beneficial, problems can occur when they try to enter our homes in the fall with the intention of waiting for the cold weather to pass. That’s why it’s good to understand ladybug control as well as about identifying ladybugs. Ladybug Identification Different species of ladybugs can be found throughout the United States. All insects in READ MORE »

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